Project profile — Maternal and Child Health Enhancement Program in South Sudan


Canadian Hunger Foundation (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011087)
2012-02-03 - 2015-05-29
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• South Sudan (100.00%)


• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (65.00%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (35.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the health of 82,020 mothers, newborns, children and their family members in the Jonglei and Upper Nile States in South Sudan, a country where maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services in South Sudan are either weak or completely lacking, and this is compounded by inadequate nutrition and sanitation (safe disposal of wastewater), and a lack of preventative health care practices. This project integrates agricultural, nutritional and clinical activities to: (1) improve the nutrition of mothers and children by increasing food security, or access to safe, sufficient and nutritious foods, and nutritional supplements; (2) increase women's access to reproductive health services by setting up new and strengthening existing local health clinics; and (3) implement initiatives that aim to prevent and cure the main diseases and infections threatening mothers and children. The project also aims to improve the ability of local actors to undertake integrated agricultural, nutritional and clinical activities. Some project activities include: (1) increasing access to diverse foods, improving agricultural production at the household level, and improving access to nutritious food for infants, children, and pregnant and lactating mothers; (2) increasing access to MNCH services, and increasing the ability of local actors to participate in MNCH initiatives; and (3) increasing access to services that reduce the incidence of malaria, anemia, acute respiratory infections, intestinal parasitic infections and diarrhea, and increasing the ability of women, men and children to adopt behaviour that reduces the transmission and incidence of these diseases. The local implementing partner organization is Christian Mission Aid (CMA).

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved nutrition and food security for mothers and children; (2) strengthened local health systems in maternal, newborn and child health; and (3) enhanced prevention of diseases that affect mothers and children.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2013 include: (1) reducing the number of children under five who are acutely malnourished from 41% in 2010 to 35% in 2013; (2) reducing the number of women who are malnourished from 43% in 2010 to 37% in 2013; (3) reducing the percentage of targeted households experiencing severe hunger by half (from 12% in 2010 to 6% in 2013); (4) strengthening local health systems by recruiting additional full-time staff specialized in maternal, newborn and child health; (5) reducing the prevalence of anemia from 61% in 2010 to 45% in 2013 by providing ferrous sulphate and pholic acid to reduce iron deficiencies; (6) reducing the prevalence of malaria from 90% in 2010 to 80% in 2013 by distributing insecticide treated bed nets; and (7) reducing the prevalence of diarrhea from 84% in 2010 to 70% in 2013 by building better pit latrines. These results are contributing to improving the nutrition and health of mothers, newborns and children in Jonglei and Upper Nile States.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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